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Laois County Council urged to up their social media game

Laois County Council’s use of social media “needs attention”, according to Fine Gael councillor Thomasina Connell, the new chairperson of Portlaoise Municipal District.

She brought a motion to this week’s meeting in Laois County Council calling for a review of the local authority’s social media strategy.

A reply from Pat Grassick, head of IT in the council, said that “use of social media … is under regular review and internal training of staff is ongoing in the use of social media.

“In this context social media is part of the broader communications aspect of council business.”

However, Cllr Connell wasn’t overly happy with the response saying it was an area where there was room for improvement.

“Other local councils put huge focus on it,” she said. “A lot of local authorities have an entire unit dedicated to communications and I’d like to see something like that.

“It can be very valuable for our county and further promote tourism and industry here.

“It needs improvement.”

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